Letter from Publisher
Jul 30, 2016 02:17PM
Cheers to fresh coconut water!
I’ve been a Natural Awakenings publisher for six years and while I thought the name was catchy, I never really had any major attachment to it. However, after experiencing a true natural awakening at Rythmia Life Advancement Center in Costa Rica, the name Natural Awakenings now holds a whole new meaning for me.
I can only assume that the same “aha” kind of moment happened to our pioneer Sharon Bruckman when she published the first issue of Natural Awakenings in Naples, Florida, over 20 years ago.
My editor Erin, a former publisher of the Portland, Oregon, edition of Natural Awakenings and current freelance writer and editor for multiple Natural Awakenings publishers—in addition to being a multi-talented actress, voice over artist and super mom—decided to join me for this amazing trip and I am forever grateful that we were able to experience this life-changing journey together.
It was our first adventure of this nature and we bonded both as friends and professionals. In fact, many of the others we met at Rythmia—now our dear friends—thought we were sisters due to our natural camaraderie and mutual desire to immerse ourselves into the Rythmia experience with an open heart. We reflected on our similarities—both noting how Natural Awakenings “found us” much like Rythmia did. In both cases, something deep within us knew it was important to heed the call and embark on these adventures. We are so glad we did as we are forever grateful to be such integral members of the Natural Awakenings family. We are also thankful for our inspiring trip to Rythmia. Our transformation vacation was truly remarkable and left a divine imprint on our souls.
Rythmia is a beautiful, all-inclusive holistic retreat center located in picturesque Guanacaste, Costa Rica, near the coastal town of Tamarindo. The center offers daily yoga classes, massages, colon hydrotherapy, incredibly delicious organic farm to table meals, an extraordinary plant medicine program, transformational classes and excursions. Two words we found ourselves using all the time were amazing and magical. Rythmia is both. But, oh, it is so much more. Rythmia is an experience—a life-transforming one at that. Gerry Powell, founder of Rythmia, has created the ultimate sacred space where you can come to relax, rejuvenate, and recenter yourself with the help of a loving and supportive staff who ensures that you feel extremely well-cared for during your stay.
We were excited to be able to visit Rythmia during Rev. Michael Beckwith’s The Answer is You retreat. Rev. Beckwith, along with many of his spiritual followers, added another element of enlightenment. We bonded with extraordinary people and made many new friends. Our comprehension of what a shaman truly is was transformed as we got to personally know the plant medicine practitioners and heard each of their unique stories. Our knowledge and understanding of plant therapy expanded beyond our imagination. We always had access to coaching and medical support with the amazing onsite doctors, Dr. Vanessa Grillo and Dr. Jeff McNairy, PsyD, MPH.
During our stay, Erin and I both wondered how in the world we were going to be able to share just how transformational our journey truly was. We agreed that one really has to experience Rythmia to really grasp it all. We will do our best to share our transformational journey in writing. Authenticity, truth, love and compassion is the best way I can describe it. Rythmia provided us with a safe and loving environment to find ourselves and touch down with our purpose and feel a stronger connection to humanity.